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Army detains soldier for assaulting Kwara nurses during wife’s delivery

The Nigeria Army’s 22 Armoured Brigade, Sobi Cantonment, Ilorin, Kwara State, has detained a soldier for allegedly assaulting two female nurses at the Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin, which is controlled by the Kwara State government.

Soldier on cuffs

The soldier is currently undergoing interrogation at Sobi Army Barracks, Ilorin.

According to sources, one of the nurses was injured in the ankle during the event.

Alhaji Shehu Aminu, the chairman of the state branch of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, verified the event.

Aminu stated that the event occurred on Friday at Okelele Primary Health Centre in Ilorin, which currently houses Sobi Specialist Hospital after being transformed to the state Isolation Centre during the COVID-19 epidemic last year.

He said that the soldier brought his pregnant wife, who had been attending an antenatal clinic at the hospital, to the hospital for birth.
He claimed that after admitting the soldier’s wife to the labor room, the nurse instructed the soldier to go get delivery packs, which comprised hand gloves and other preparations for delivery.


Instead of going to get the birth kits, the soldier informed the nurse that he would be unable to do so because the state government had given all of the materials at the hospital.

He added that not satisfied with the nurse’s explanation, the soldier became infuriated and headed to the doctor’s office and started beating the two nurses he met there.

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“The soldier slapped one of the nurses who ran for her dear life while the other sustained ankle injury,” Aminu said.

He stated that the two nurses were treated at the hospital for their injuries, and that the association had reported the incident to the barracks.

St. Sgt Waziri, Public Relations Officer of the 22 Armoured Brigade of the Nigeria Army Sobi Cantonment, Ilorin, verified the occurrence when contacted.

Waziri stated that the cantonment authorities has placed the soldier in the guard room for further questioning on the incident.

Aminu further claimed that the state administration reported the event to the Nigerian Army headquarters in Abuja, and that he was arrested and jailed in Ilorin.

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Nursing a Noble Profession.

It always gladden my heart with joy and happiness, brightening my day and I have confidence in the future whenever I see a young person fully dressed in nursing uniform and working productively to meet the demand of patients rushing to the health facility.


Most a times in Nigeria patients seek medical assistance after trying several means of method to escape the ill of health, after all solutions have failed, they find themselves, coming to the hospital fully believing, that their problem will be solved within a blink of an eye.

Nurses work amidst of challenges ranging from:

  1. shortage of manpower
  2. harsh climate
  3. pressure for senior staffs
  4. pressure from patient relatives and the society.

With all these problems the still meet the demand of the patient and solve this his/her Problem.

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Nurses are accommodating, nursing is a great profession that withstand many pressure and for sure all nurses will withstand the trial of the moment such as Lassa fever, corona virus, kidnappings and banditry. To all those that have answered the call of nature, died during practice may you all rest in perfect peace.

Two Nurses
Two nurses

Omar M. Tilde (RN, RPN, BNSc in View)

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SHS graduates should not be trained as Zoom Nurses.


Registered Nurse Assistants-Preventive (RNAP) & Registered Nurse Assistants Clinical (RNAC) have made a passionate appeal to government to rescind its intention of employing Senior High School leavers and training them on the Zoom Nurses Model while they, the real trained nurses sit home idle.

They said they are ever willing and ready to put their knowledge to practice.


“We are ready and willing to fill the various vacancies in the various communities, so why train SHS leavers as zoom nurses”, they lamented.

The National President of the Registered Nurse Assistants- Preventive and Registered Assistants-Clinical 2019 batch, Mr. Eric Kwakye said there is no need going to train SHS graduates for a work 20,000 people have been well trained as nurses for.

He explained that a communique was sent to the Minister of Health by the leadership of Rotational nurses about their financial clearance, but did not receive any response.

Days later, he noted, the Youth Employment Agency [YEA] and Ghana Health Service [GHS] signed a Memorandum of Understanding to train 3,000 Senior High School graduates for six months on Zoom Nurse Module for the same work which there are already trained and licensed professionals.

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“We have met the Director of HR of the Ministry of Health and had discussions about our employment but nothing fruitful has come out of it, only for us to hear that they are going to train 3000 SHS graduates on Zoom nurse Model, while we have been duly trained and licensed for that”, he said.

He appealed to the Ministry to see to the employment of the 20,000 trained and licensed nurses waiting in the queue to be employed before engaging the zoom nurses.

The secretary of Registered Nurse Assistants-Preventive & Registered Nurse Assistants Clinical, Miss Addo Baffour Sandra lamented how their colleagues and themselves have been suffering at home due to the current economic conditions in the country.


“Why must we be trained and licensed but left at home, while SHS graduates will be trained for only six months and employed. Is it deliberate or sheer wickedness?”, she stated passionately.

Vaccinate nurses, midwives with second dose of AstraZeneca vaccines – GRNMA

Vaccinate nurses, midwives with second dose of AstraZeneca vaccines – GRNMA

The leadership of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) is asking government to as a matter of urgency put measures in place to ensure that nurses and midwives who have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccines receive their second doses.

Expressing their worry over the likely implications that will come from the delay of not taking the second jabs after several months of taking the first, the leadership of the association said it wants the government to see to it that they are attended to as early as possible.

Ashanti Regional Chairman of the association said this at the Nurses and Midwives week celebrations in Kumasi where he called on the government to prioritize the health of nurses and midwives.

“Nurses are at the forefront of the fight against the virus. It is very important we are protected. Just last week, we lost a pregnant nurse. It is very important for the government to urgently inoculate all nurses and midwives with the vaccines.”

The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association in January 2021 disclosed that 20 of its members in the Ashanti Region had been infected with COVID-19.


The Association at the time said it feared if the trend should continue at its current rate, the region’s healthcare system would be badly affected.

Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, Jones Afriyie Anto in a Citi News interview called on the government to intensify public education to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“The hospitals are spending a lot in supplying PPE to staff for the work. The truth is that since this second wave, we have over 20 nurses and midwives who have been reported as positive. If the trend continues like that, it means that those nurses will not be available for work. Apart from that, their contacts are going to be traced and asked to isolate. Most of the contacts are going to be nurses and midwives. So they will also not be available for work. It is really burdening our work system, and it is affecting us.”


UK nurses express their ‘solidarity’ with their colleagues in Afghanistan.

As the Taliban’s tragic takeover of Afghanistan proceeds, nurses from around the UK have shown their support for their nursing and health colleagues.

Nurses feed newborn babies rescued and brought to Ataturk National Children’s Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 15, 2020, after their mothers were killed in an attack on a maternity ward operated by Doctors Without Borders. The health-care nonprofit runs clinics and hospitals in various parts of the country.

In the midst of political instability, members of the profession have asked for the “protection and support” of Afghanistan’s healthcare personnel.

“As a profession, nursing is about people and no matter how far away they may be from our shores we are compelled to act”


Meanwhile, nurses have expressed special worries about the hazards presented to women and girls, in light of the Taliban’s track record on women’s rights.

Following the withdrawal of US soldiers, Taliban insurgents have swept throughout the nation, seizing control of the country’s capital, Kabul, over the weekend.

Disturbing footage from the broader media has revealed thousands of residents attempting to flee the situation, while reports reveal cases of women being compelled to abandon their professions in order to replace males.

The Royal College of Nursing said in a statement released Tuesday evening, “The devastating situation in Afghanistan continues to leave the world in great distress and asking what more we and our political leaders can do.”

“Those working in nursing in the UK are thinking about colleagues doing similar work in unimaginably different circumstances,” it said.

The institution noted that Afghan health professionals had “had encountered a significant number of obstacles in recent years, including tremendous shortages of healthcare staff and purposeful acts of violence.”

“We expect the international community to stand with nurses in Afghanistan now, and the communities they serve too,” the RCN added.

“We call for the protection and support of this workforce as they continue to undertake their essential role”

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It emphasized that it was “dedicated to recognizing and supporting nursing professionals worldwide in their pursuit of safety, staffing, working conditions, and development.”

“As a country, we must not shirk our international humanitarian responsibilities,” it stated. “As a profession, nursing is about people, and we are obliged to intervene no matter how distant they are from our shores.”


It said the groups “stand together in solidarity with our nursing and health care colleagues in Afghanistan as they continue to provide care for their population amidst political upheaval”.

“We call for the protection and support of this workforce as they continue to undertake their essential role,” added the statement.

They went on to express their concern for Afghan residents, particularly women and girls.

“It is our job as nurses and nursing staff to speak out about human rights, and we are very worried about the threats that the present political scenario poses to some Afghan people, particularly women and girls.

“We urge all UK nursing organisations to speak up for the people of Afghanistan to have equal human rights, access to healthcare services and education.”

Boris Johnson

The groups also appealed to the UK government to “urgently provide safe routes for refugees to enter the UK and advocate for the human rights of everyone in Afghanistan”.

This morning, prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed to parliament that the government was committed to relocating 5,000 Afghans this year.

He said that, so far, the government had “secured the safe return of 306 UK nationals and 2,052 Afghan nationals”, as part of its resettlement programme focusing on “the most vulnerable, particularly women and children”.

Mr Johnson noted that a further 2,000 Afghan applications had been completed and that “many more” were being processed.

He stated that the issue will be monitored in the future, “with the potential of accommodating up to 20,000 [people] in the long run.”

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Major Annie Fox: The Nurses of Pearl Harbor

In 1987, a World War II heroine passes away. Annie Fox is best known for her service at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack on that base. Then-First Lt. Fox was the newly appointed chief nurse at Hickam Field.

The nurses that day were in a unique position. For the first time in American history, Army nurses were at the front lines of battle—and they had to serve in this capacity, without any warning or preparation.

Major Annie Fox

“We thought we were having a two-year (holiday-style) tour of duty at taxpayer expense,” one nurse, Harriet Moore Holmes, later reminisced. “We were looking forward to it immensely.”

Holmes had spent the night of Saturday, December 6, 1941, at a dance with friends. They’d been out late, and Holmes was sound asleep when the Japanese struck the next morning.

She couldn’t believe the scene when a supervisor woke her up.

“I could see the black smoke streaming up from Pearl Harbor just over the hills and just then a Japanese pilot flew low over the hospital,” she described. “He waved at us. We felt lucky he didn’t want to bomb a hospital.”

The nurses must have been astonished at the scenes that followed, but they resolutely went to work saving lives—as did Annie Fox at Hickam. Indeed, Fox would later receive a Purple Heart for her extraordinary service.

“She administered anesthesia to patients during the heaviest part of the bombardment,” her citation stated, “assisted in dressing the wounded, taught civilian volunteer nurses to make dressings, and worked ceaselessly with coolness and efficiency, and her fine example of calmness, courage and leadership was of great benefit to the morale of all with whom she came in contact.”

The Purple Heart was later changed to a Bronze Star when the award criteria were adjusted to include only those who had been wounded.

But Fox wasn’t the only Army nurse who went above and beyond the call of duty that day. Second Lt. Anna Urda was a patient at Tripler General Hospital because of an infection in her right cheek. When the bombing started, she knew that she was a patient no more. She changed into her nurse’s uniform—but soon ran into her chief nurse.

Urda later described the encounter: “[A]s soon as [the chief nurse] looked at me she said, ‘Where do you think you’re going with that red face?’ And I said, ‘On duty where ever you need me.’”

Meanwhile, Holmes’ roommate, 2nd Lt. Marguerite Oberson, would get very bad news. Her fiancé was a pilot. Miraculously, he’d gotten a plane in the air during the Japanese attack—but then he was shot down.

“She was very shook up when she found out he was killed, but she kept right on working,” Holmes said of her friend.

Nearby, 2nd Lt. Myrtle Watson was working at Schofield Hospital. It was a weekend, so she was the only nurse on her ward. Worse, the chaos and damage from the bombing was making it difficult for doctors and nurses to make their way to the hospital.

“There was no communication and we were so busy, we had no idea what had happened at Pearl Harbor, how bad it was there,” Watson later told a reporter. She worked nearly nonstop for three days, tending to the wounded and living on chocolate bars and coffee.

Her family still didn’t even know if she’d survived.

We often hear about the bravery of the men who served at Pearl Harbor, but women performed nobly that day, too—nor was it only the Army nurses. Navy nurses had their own heroic moments in the ships that were being attacked in the harbor.

Naturally, that is a story for another day.

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The Lady with the Lamp

Nurses in war - The Lancet
A nurse attached to a military camp

While nursing as a profession began with Florence Nightingale, known as “The Lady with the Lamp” for her efforts in the Crimean War, it wasn’t until the Great War that the field of nursing expanded and evolved. Prior to World War I, most nurses (all of whom were women at that time) worked in private duty in homes, not in hospitals.

In the Great War, the volume of casualties from trench warfare drastically changed the role of nurses on the health care team. Much of the time, the doctors were in surgery, dealing with horrific injuries to soldiers’ extremities, heads and faces. The nurses performed triage as patients came in on ambulance trains, directed corpsmen who had little medical training, managed entire wards of patients and performed a variety of procedures, including irrigating wounds and managing infection.

“The nurses had never seen injuries like this, and they had to care for the soldiers, sometimes large numbers of soldiers at once, on the fly,” said Peterson who served on the planning committee for the symposium and has written extensively about the history of nursing in war time. “Up to this point in the nursing field, nurses were not in a position to make decisions on their own. They operated only at the direction of a doctor. Now, with 10, 20 or even 80 patients in their care at once, they made decisions they wouldn’t have before.”

“Those nurses did what needed to be done,” Peterson said. “And they did an incredible job with few resources.”


Base Hospital No. 28 in Limoges, France, which was staffed with physicians, corpsmen and nurses from the Kansas City area, was intended to serve 500 patients, then expanded to 1.500, and at peak times 3,000. It was not uncommon for the numbers of patients in hospital facilities to fluctuate widely as efficient ambulance trains arrived, bringing hundreds of patients from the battle front at once.

The battlefield conditions presented extreme challenges for nurses. Patients had massive wounds to the face and head incurred as they poked their heads out of trenches, massive wounds to extremities that would require amputations, and also burns from poisonous gases. Injuries from battles on French farm fields featured both shards of shrapnel and imbedded soil and manure. Antibiotics were not available, and rubber gloves and wound irrigation solutions were recent innovations. Nurses managed infections with great success under these trying circumstances, especially considering there was no electrical power and bandages from wounds had to be washed by hand and re-used.

“Nurses were intended to work in the rear and not face dangerous conditions near the battlefield, but the plans had to be discarded when new medical groups were organized,” said Sanders Marble, Ph.D., a symposium presenter and senior historian in the U.S. Army’s Office of Medical History. Marble noted that American nurses worked on base hospitals, hospital trains, hospital ships, field hospitals, camp hospitals and even evacuation hospitals and mobile units. Their contributions were appreciated, and there was a recognition that their care had not only comforted patients but prevented infection and saved lives.

As the role of nurses expanded, so did the numbers of nurses involved. Six months after the United States entered the war, around 1,100 nurses were serving overseas. By the end of the war, there were more than 21,000 nurses serving in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, with more than 10,000 having served overseas. The nursing profession was growing, and nurses were seen as a critical part of the health care team.

“The U.S. nurses who served in WWI proved they could save lives and make a difference in patient care close to the battlefield,” Marble said.

When those same nurses came home from war, they had an expanded view of themselves and their contributions to care.

”They came back with a sense of themselves as team members,” Peterson said. “They had earned the respect of those they served with, and they were decision-makers. That was very different for them, not just as nurses but as women.”

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Foul Play: Autopsy reveals that nurse Caroline Mwenesi died as a result of surgery complications.

Caroline Mwenesi, a 53-year-old nurse at the Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu, died of a medical procedure-related cause, an autopsy has revealed.

In an autopsy report by Dr Dixon Mchana, Mwenesi’s bladder was empty and her brain was damaged.


The National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) had raised an alarm following Mwenesi’s death, saying they suspected foul play.

According to her daughter Lavender Allivister, her mother was worried and hesitant about the MRI procedure that had been recommended to her.

“She told one of the doctors that her oxygen levels normally drop but the doctor assured her that all was well,” Lavender said, adding that her mother lost her life after the MRI scan on July 30.

“Medics compelled her to undergo a procedure which they knew endangered her life; either way, she was unwilling,” said Eliud Kidake, cousin to Mwenesi.

The family now plans to seek legal redress as they accuse the hospital of medical negligence that led to her death.

Aga Khan Hospital management was unavailable for comment over the death, as key officials were said to be attending a funeral mass for Mwenesi. 

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Full List Of Accredited/Approved Nursing Schools In Zambia 2021

In the midst of a deadly epidemic, young nurses in Zambia find new  opportunities to serve | by ChildFund | ChildFund International | Medium
Nurses in a group picture

Are you looking for a list of nursing schools in Zambia that are accredited or approved by the government? This post is for you if you answered yes to that question. Information about accredited/approved nursing schools in Zambia will be provided.

List Of Accredited/Approved Nursing Schools In Zambia 2021

  1. Livingstone School of Nursing
  2. Mansa School of Nursing
  3. Kasama School of Nursing
  4. Chipata School of Nursing
  5. Ndola School of Nursing
  6. Mufulira School of Nursing
  7. Kitwe School of Nursing
  8. Lusaka School of Nursing
  9. Agape Nursing School Zambia
  10. Dovecote Nursing School Zambia
  11. Kabwe School of Nursing and Midwifery
  12. Chitambo School of Nursing
  13. Mukinge School of Nursing
  14. Solwezi School of Nursing
  15. Mwami School of Nursing
  16. Chilonga School of Nursing
  17. St. Luke’s School of Nursing
  18. Defence School of Nursing
  19. Chengelo College of Nursing
  20. Copperbelt Nursing Polytechnic School of Nursing
  21. Gateway to Better Living College of Nursing
  22. Makeni College School of Nursing
  23. Nkana College of Nursing
  24. The Plains of Mamre School of Nursing College
  25. Stalla Crown College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  26. Chainama College of Health Sciences
  27. Macha School of Nursing
  28. St Francis School of Nursing and Midwifery
  29. St Paulâs School of Nursing and Midwifery
  30. Kalene School of Nursing
  31. Agape College of Nursing
  32. Mukuni Trust Nursing College
  33. Nchanga School of Midwifery
  34. Roan School of Midwifery

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Reintroduction of Zoom Nurses is rejected by GRNMA.

GRNMA rejects re-introduction of Zoom Nurses

The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) has called on government to as a matter of urgency halt the re-introduction of the Community Health Workers (Zoom Nurses).

This comes after the Association’s attention was drawn to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) for the re-introduction of the modular six month training of Community Health Workers (zoom Nurses).

In a statement jointly signed by Perpertual Ofori-Ampofo, President and David Tenkorang -Twum General Secretary of GRNMA, the Association said there were unemployed nurses and midwives of all categories (Certificate , Diploma and Degree holders), privately and publicly trained, numbering around fourteen thousand, who are awaiting govemment employment.

“Instead of committing new funds to train community Health Workers (zoom Nurses), those funds should be channeled into the issuance of Financial Clearance to absorb those awaiting employment who have the requisite skill and knowledge to help the country in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

It further called on stakeholders and the public to desist from attaching the name “nurse” to any under trained person who attains a six-month training or less and parades himself or herself as a nurse.

The statement said nursing is a noble profession and it took a required period of theoretical training and practice as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana to become a Nurse.

The GRNMA, in its statement said it was very unhappy about the constant effort of stakeholders, including successive governments, to adulterate the nursing profession.

The statement said the International Council of Nurses defined a nurse as a person who had completed a programme of basic, generalized nursing education and authorized by the appropriate regulatory authority to practice nursing in a country.

It said basic nursing education was a formally recognized programme of study providing a broad and sound foundation in the behavioural, life, and nursing sciences for the general practice of nursing, for a leadership role, and for post-basic education for specialty or advanced nursing practice.

The statement said a nurse was prepared and authorized to engage in the general scope of nursing practice, including the promotion of health, prevention of illness.

A nurse is authorized to care for physically, mentally challenged and disabled people of all ages and in all health care and other community settings and also carry out health care Teaching and participate fully as a member of the health care team.

It further stated that a nurse had the mandate to supervise and train nursing and health care workers and auxiliaries and to be involved in research.

The statement further called on all and sundry to adhere to the COVID -19 protocols, especially the wearing of Face mask, social distancing and constantly sanitizing hands to curtail the spread of the virus.


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